by Doug Sitler

sunsetSunsets…there are not many natural delights that capture the imagination as much as the setting sun.

On Saturday night, a friend and I went down to the NFTA Boat Harbor (free admission) for a relaxing evening on Buffalo’s waterfront and to hopefully catch the spectacular sight of the sun going down over Canada. Before trekking down to the water’s edge, we had to make a quick stop at Wegman’s to pick up some delicious sushi for our little evening adventure.

Upon our arrival at the harbor, we found numerous clean benches and picnic tables waiting for us to sit, enjoy our meal, and watch daylight slowly fade away. We chose a spot on the shoreline trail that offered vast views of Buffalo, Lake Erie and the Canadian shoreline. To the right of us were boats entering and exiting the NFTA Boat Harbor – to the left were amazing grain elevators and the Steel Winds windmills that proudly stand on the Lake Erie shore. Even the Miss Buffalo passed in front of us, filled with what sounded like quite a party happening onboard.

Over the past five years there have been dramatic additions to Buffalo’s waterfront bike and pedestrian trails. A bike path runs 2.5 miles along Fuhrman Boulevard/Route 5 – with a spanking brand new spur trail added in the summer of 2008. The trails have definitely caught the attention of locals and visitors, judging by the amount of people out walking the paths this past weekend.

Getting back to why we were down there…and then it happened…at 8:40 p.m., a tiny sliver of the sun could be seen slowly lowering itself over the horizon…in the blink of an eye, the sun had set. Do yourself a favor by getting down to Buffalo’s waterfront this summer. You’ll be glad you did.

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